Twistzz earns ESL One New York MVP medal

Liquid star Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken is the winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of ESL One New York 2018 by HLTV.org and betway.

The 18-year-old was already the frontrunner in the race for the award prior to the final and further enhanced his credentials with a 1.34 rating over the best-of-five series - which, however, did not prevent his team from losing the match 3-2.

Twistzz leaves New York with a 1.36 tournament rating - a career-high when it comes to Big Events. He finished all but one of the 12 maps that he played with 1+ ratings, peaking in his team's 16-3 victory over Gambit, in which he had a 2.23 rating.

Twistzz wins his first MVP medal

With his grand final performance, the Canadian beat off competition from mousesports trio Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný and Chris "chrisJ" de Jong, who were all in the running but did not stand out enough to challenge the Liquid talent.

This is Twistzz's very first MVP medal, and it highlights the rich vein of form the player is presently in, with an average 1.25 rating on LAN over the last three months.

Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
ChrisJ deserved it more for his ace! Best ace i have seen since xms 1 tap ace.
2018-10-01 01:27
#5
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Czech Republic HunTerOG 
;( Twistzz
2018-10-01 01:28
#13
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Spain JustNo 
Deserved af
2018-10-01 01:28
#20
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Germany GODsuNny 
FeelsBadMan
2018-10-01 01:29
#188
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Estonia teremartin 
hahaha ez for chokesports
2018-10-01 11:28
#107
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Brazil mkkA 
Imagine if sunny goes to liquid -taco + sunny Could fight for top1 in world Nitr0 Elige Sunny Naf Twistzz
2018-10-01 02:08
No they would suck
2018-10-01 03:57
#144
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
-1
2018-10-01 06:37
-1
2018-10-01 10:01
#191
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Poland Coldharbour 
Sunny is not a support. You need 5 men who take 5 different roles, not 5 stars.
2018-10-01 12:27
Support is just a made up role. They can just say he's support to please the kiddos.
2018-10-01 13:45
#201
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Serbia EKI.CS 
You dumb if you think that
2018-10-01 15:58
#200
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Brazil mkkA 
I like to think 4 this perspective : Have agressive and passive players, dont have rules , if a player could execute any play in some especific part of map, he does , sunny is a smart player, he could do everything good. And liquid have nitro n' elige, will be fine.
2018-10-01 15:42
#10
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Spain JustNo 
Only an ace doesn’t mean mvp
2018-10-01 01:28
best play of the year deserves mvp
2018-10-01 01:29
#38
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Spain JustNo 
No
2018-10-01 01:30
thats not how it works mate but i do agree with you, best play of the past 18 months
2018-10-01 01:38
guardian 1v5? flusha 2v5?
2018-10-01 01:49
+1 Guardian play is a really 1x5 Flusha (clutcha) had so much Impact with his plays in that final
2018-10-01 02:37
not as good as this one
2018-10-01 02:39
reported for being stupid
2018-10-01 13:40
I guess some people just remember and put more importance over a flashy 1 round highlight over an entire 11/12 map god like performance.
2018-10-01 01:34
#63
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Spain JustNo 
Twistzz was the best player before the final and the best in the final
2018-10-01 01:36
+1
2018-10-01 04:13
+1
2018-10-01 06:48
>I guess some people are more entertained by insane plays than the hltv stat pages Yeah.. go figure
2018-10-01 09:29
Just because flashy plays are more entertaining doesnt mean you need to go full retard. Mvp for one ace? Are you fucking kidding me?
2018-10-01 09:35
#11
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Poland Crai9Xen 
+1
2018-10-01 01:28
#24
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Finland JKS_IS_A_GOD 
Sunny deserved it
2018-10-01 01:29
#78
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United States Acehavok 
If anyone on Mouse were to get it, it would've been sunny, saved their ass on Dust 2 and was 6th best player of the tournament
2018-10-01 01:42
#79
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Finland JKS_IS_A_GOD 
Im maybe a bit biased but i think sunny is the most underrated player in the world. He is surely top15, maybe even top10 - yet no one is talking about him.
2018-10-01 01:43
ikr when i watch mouz matches he always goes for agressive plays that nobody expects gets 2 entries most of them and nobody still doesnt talk anything
2018-10-01 01:48
#85
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Australia CaZeR01 
I am fealing thankyou
2018-10-01 01:50
everybody says sunny is 1 or 2 on mouz r u blind?
2018-10-01 01:50
#87
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Finland JKS_IS_A_GOD 
he is a clear number 1
2018-10-01 01:50
oskar has higher highs
2018-10-01 01:52
#91
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Finland JKS_IS_A_GOD 
but MUCH lower lows. Thats the point, sunny is really fucking consistant
2018-10-01 01:53
you need a higher ceiling to win as an underdog, not a higher floor
2018-10-01 01:54
#93
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Finland JKS_IS_A_GOD 
sunny is much better than oskar.
2018-10-01 01:54
nope.
2018-10-01 01:54
#96
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Finland JKS_IS_A_GOD 
tell me how oskar is better?
2018-10-01 01:55
You guys retarded if you really compare awper and entry lul
2018-10-01 08:45
You aren’t biased, it’s true
2018-10-01 05:46
#173
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Europe tweekzter 
that's why I like mouz. There is no such kiddie fan hype.
2018-10-01 09:42
#40
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Portugal CompleX_GOD 
An Ace is the motive to get and mvp, ROFL , dont make me laugh , overall performance it is what matters and twistzz was the best by far.
2018-10-01 01:30
Deserves it for one ace?
2018-10-01 01:31
No, you can't earn an MVP of a whole tournament for what you did in a single round. But ChrisJ was a candidate for MVP, so he will be EVP.
2018-10-01 01:36
always baiting aren't you
2018-10-01 01:38
never
2018-10-01 02:20
#80
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United States rad1ey 
I don't think you understand what an MVP is
2018-10-01 01:43
lol no
2018-10-01 02:31
Whole tournament > one play
2018-10-01 02:44
no one is gonna remeber this tournament but this play is already legendary
2018-10-01 02:48
#141
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Brazil arthureich 
deserves the mvp becuz of one ace? whats ur problem?
2018-10-01 04:56
ChrisJ is the reason why they won Mirage. He deserved MVP much more than Twistzz
2018-10-01 08:39
He is the reason why they closed the map, but not the reason they won. Sunny were performing very well, tons of good entries.
2018-10-01 09:38
#176
shox | 
Canada dB- 
Link to ace clip anyone?
2018-10-01 10:27
#178
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Spain Rekto_Plasm 
Twistzz is the reason liquid managed to go to the finals and play the 5 maps, meanwhile chrisJ deserves it because an ace, omegalul.
2018-10-01 10:37
#2
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United States l1nkax 
Canadian s1mple
2018-10-01 01:28
#3
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United Kingdom Waspyy 
deserved
2018-10-01 01:28
This hurts
2018-10-01 01:28
lolololo
2018-10-01 01:28
#7
jks | 
Australia K3rrSh0tZ 
Deserved
2018-10-01 01:28
#8
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Brazil namikazeminaka 
Deserved
2018-10-01 01:28
#9
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
he really looks like sad anime boi on this picture
2018-10-01 01:29
#67
JW | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
Don’t know which one is worse, this one here or s1mple at dreamhack Marseille/starladder season 4
2018-10-01 01:37
#12
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Indonesia nangidyr 
hes not happy at all
2018-10-01 01:28
#203
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Denmark Dev0ur^ 
Totally reminds me of s1mple when he won MVPs of tournaments he didn't win... I mean it is for some reason kind of sad that they are forced to take a picture after a BO5 loss
2018-10-01 18:46
Nice
2018-10-01 01:28
#15
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Poland iveforever 
RIP chrisj mvp
2018-10-01 01:29
#33
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Spain JustNo 
Just a clip = mvp HLTV BRAINDEAD
2018-10-01 01:30
+1 gr8 play, but not mvp defining
2018-10-01 03:43
#42
tarik | 
Chile Braveee 
he doesn't deserve it, poor tournament, he just played the final
2018-10-01 01:31
#76
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United States Acehavok 
He was the 11th best player, 1 ace when you're already up 14-8 isn't a huge game changer. If anyone on Mouse would've gotten it, it would've been Sunny. 6th best player overall and saved their ass on Dust 2.
2018-10-01 01:41
Desetwojstarypijanyed
2018-10-01 01:29
#17
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United Kingdom StigOHara 
he looks so sad :(
2018-10-01 01:29
deserved
2018-10-01 01:29
that face :( FeelsBadMan
2018-10-01 01:29
That's like a photo of a saddest person who ever got an MVP medal lol
2018-10-01 01:29
#185
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Luxembourg alex24 
+1 never saw one like this before
2018-10-01 11:27
#22
smooya | 
United Kingdom Porking 
This guy played out of his mind. Well deserved
2018-10-01 01:29
#23
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United States Nohj_10years 
Deserved NA s1mple
2018-10-01 01:29
BRUH LOOK AT HIS EYES FEELSBADMAN
2018-10-01 01:29
same with s1mple when he won that twice in a row with the same look xd
2018-10-01 01:30
liquid = mini astralis twistzz = mini s1mple
2018-10-01 01:29
If they were mini Astralis they'd beat mousesports. They're not even mini Astralis, theyre just Liquid. A dogshit choker team that cockblocks good finals and will never accomplish anything. Top 1 most disappointing team in all history of sports
2018-10-01 02:07
You cant possibly be this salty. The game was a bit and it played to the 5th map.
2018-10-01 03:38
I dont care. Im salty I missed so many sick finals. If you cant handle the heat get out of the kitchen.
2018-10-01 04:24
Disappointing? Ur high. They have made multiple finals in a year. How is that disappointment. Can't win them all
2018-10-01 21:33
Sure you can if you're good. FaZe don't count btw. FaZe were actually good
2018-10-01 21:34
What are you talking about? Liquid has done better this year than all other teams except from Astralis and arguably Navi. Saying that they're dogshit by only being 2nd or 3rd best in the world is a retarded way of viewing the competitive CS scene and sport in general.
2018-10-02 01:30
Mvp = 0 meaning in 2018
2018-10-01 01:29
Thanks for your opinion
2018-10-01 03:38
feel sad for liquid
2018-10-01 01:29
expected
2018-10-01 01:29
feelsbadman
2018-10-01 01:29
f this kid . he may be good player but f he is douche .
2018-10-01 01:30
the hair is genetic
2018-10-01 01:32
#55
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United States Acehavok 
How is he a douche? Anime hair doesn't make you an asshole
2018-10-01 01:33
how?
2018-10-01 01:35
super fucking deserved
2018-10-01 01:30
WTF not s1mple??? Hltv what doink gays ?
2018-10-01 01:30
men what doink )) men
2018-10-01 02:33
> win a Event > win mvp Pick one nowadays..
2018-10-01 01:30
Which is perfectly okay, MVP is an individual reward, it wouldn't make sense if you favored players just because they were from the winning team.
2018-10-01 01:39
device can do both. ez for the GOAT of csgo
2018-10-01 11:22
#39
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Singapore derpydm 
nice
2018-10-01 01:30
#41
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Brazil stewArt1 
undeserved, Snax and chrisj played better
2018-10-01 01:31
#49
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United States Acehavok 
Expected from Brazilian C9 fan
2018-10-01 01:32
#56
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Brazil stewArt1 
I don't care for liquid
2018-10-01 01:34
#69
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United States YaLoveToSeeIt 
You not caring for Liquid doesnt change the fact you are wrong. 120-81 in the final. No one played better.
2018-10-01 01:38
#123
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Germany volt =D 
Still lost. MVP should be reserved for winners only.
2018-10-01 03:08
Yeah and they won up to that point and it went to a bo5. Are you saying that s1mple deserved 2 less MVPs?
2018-10-01 03:40
Perhaps the dumbest comment ive read this week
2018-10-01 04:14
Thats what the trophy is for dumbass. Do you think players actually care about MVP? they play to win, and Twistzz hard carried to win, he deserves the MVP even if his team brought him down
2018-10-01 07:32
You have completely missed the point of the MVP
2018-10-02 01:19
#75
Saudi Arabia an94 
Expected from C9 fan
2018-10-01 01:40
#43
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Poland Kamiloo10 
Deserved
2018-10-01 01:31
#45
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Brunei GucciLeIe 
He looks so incredibly sad
2018-10-01 01:31
#46
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United States Acehavok 
Looks disappointed af
2018-10-01 01:32
#48
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Brazil mth^ 
omg he is so happy ;$
2018-10-01 01:32
#50
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
So deserved, FeelsBadMan for him
2018-10-01 01:33
#51
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El Salvador Sp1x 
120 kills +39 in the final. Well deserved.
2018-10-01 01:33
Hltv just put salt into their loss WoW.
2018-10-01 01:33
#53
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United States Raptorial 
Flashbacks to s1mple winning MVP at Dreamhack Masters Marseille and Starladder. Same face LUL
2018-10-01 01:33
would date him if he was a grill cute boiiii
2018-10-01 02:32
#54
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Brazil Portl4nd 
LUL that face...
2018-10-01 01:33
twistzz is only reason why this game was so interesting,if u put avg player on his place, its quick 3-0 for mouz, and mb even vs gambit
2018-10-01 01:34
#59
k0nfig | 
Denmark QDouble 
Deserved Too bad he plays at liquid he is so much better. Maybe - karrigan +twistzz ?
2018-10-01 01:35
#60
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Asia mocity123 
Deserved :(
2018-10-01 01:35
That hair LUL
2018-10-01 01:36
sad Twistzz :(
2018-10-01 01:37
Deserved NT twistzz FeelsBadMan
2018-10-01 01:37
#68
.PhP | 
Czech Republic wellbi 
This kid is insane!
2018-10-01 01:37
he looks sad af feelsbadman
2018-10-01 01:38
he deserved this tournament so bad :(
2018-10-01 01:40
#77
Saudi Arabia an94 
tfw when you carry your shit team to the finals but still lose
2018-10-01 01:41
#81
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
Deserved WP Twistzz
2018-10-01 01:47
deserved
2018-10-01 01:47
Now u know how s1mple feels winning an mvp while losing the event twist Feels batman man
2018-10-01 01:51
+1 FeelsBadMan When Na`Vi lost that Grand Final to mouz I was about to cry. Cuz S1mple so f**king deserved that trophy, not only MVP...
2018-10-01 07:45
#90
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Australia CaZeR01 
F's in the chat for twistzz
2018-10-01 01:53
i am blocking this website if they give another mvp to a loser dumbest shit ever. completely ruins the award. even look at twistzz, he doesnt even care.
2018-10-01 01:54
#122
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Germany volt =D 
Astralis could go out in groups and device would still recive a MVP on this website :D
2018-10-01 03:08
Deserved. The next superstar for sure.
2018-10-01 01:55
#98
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
The kid is going to be one of the best players in the coming years. It seems like he thrives under pressure and gives even more in the most important matches. Let's just hope he can have non-choke teammates soon.
2018-10-01 01:55
#99
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Pakistan perth 
what kind of idiot thought it was a good idea to give mvp to losers?
2018-10-01 01:55
Without Twistzz this would have been a mouse 3-0. He played unreal. +39 after 5 maps
2018-10-01 01:59
#104
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Pakistan perth 
Doesn't matter, still lost.
2018-10-01 02:01
I don't think you realize what the MVP award represents
2018-10-01 10:45
#181
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Pakistan perth 
I don't think you realize what the MVP award represents.
2018-10-01 10:54
#131
2018-10-01 14:41
#100
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Germany grabke 
lol giving MVP to losers ? Doesn't really make any sense....
2018-10-01 01:57
#121
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Germany volt =D 
+1 ChrisJ that MVP up
2018-10-01 03:07
#131
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Brazil hugoooo 
The MVP award has nothing to do with winning or losing the tournament. It's about the INDIVIDUAL performance of the players, the team result does not matter. twistzz got the best rating of the tournament. twistzz got the best rating of the grand finals.
2018-10-01 03:51
#149
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Brazil SecondKS 
+1 this is intelligence
2018-10-01 06:42
+1, expected from a brazilian
2018-10-01 20:00
+1
2018-10-01 07:43
MVP = most valuable player. it doesn't mean you must win the tournament. hello. it just means that it will be given to a player who went deep in the finals with his team and had the best performance out of everyone. Twistzzz was exactly that guy.
2018-10-01 07:42
I'm not sure you actually know what an MVP award represents
2018-10-01 10:46
The saddest MVP award ever given out.
2018-10-01 01:59
Flashback to S1mple's MVP after they lost the Grand FInal to mouz on StarLadder.
2018-10-01 07:42
he looks so sad LOL
2018-10-01 02:01
+1 hes like wtf i lost
2018-10-01 02:22
#105
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Mexico TurboDreams 
That MVP medal is going to be his daily reminder of the tournament that he should of won.
2018-10-01 02:06
he did what he could at least...
2018-10-01 07:41
"With his grand final performance, the Canadian beat off..." Oof, that wording kinda sucks.
2018-10-01 02:23
he beat off all over mouse
2018-10-01 04:00
#114
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Brazil Collee 
Another loser as MVP. Better start giving it to a winner before it's too late
2018-10-01 02:34
What do u mean? Do u think someone will commit a very bad thing after MVP?
2018-10-01 08:48
he looks so sad
2018-10-01 02:47
#120
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Germany volt =D 
He looks dead inside
2018-10-01 03:06
MVP supposed to be for the best performance of the winning team not the highest rated lmao
2018-10-01 03:40
True, that show the rest of the sports industry does it.
2018-10-01 04:19
All the "best player of the match" in sports I know it goes to the best of the winning team, never saw different
2018-10-01 04:37
I am completely agree with you. Most of the people does not understand what it means to become MVP MVP means winner not loser
2018-10-01 06:43
#189
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Bulgaria zikinu 
Nah, mvp means "Most Valuable Player"
2018-10-01 11:30
MVP means winner not a loser. Losers does not need awards for losing the game. If he is that good then he should be able to let his team win. Apparently he can't. So he is a loser that means no MVP. Only in CS MVP s being given to losers. Thats a shitty ass system
2018-10-01 17:08
#220
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Bulgaria zikinu 
You really have no idea how MVP works.
2018-10-02 21:11
eSports is kind of a sports so find me a sport who gives MVP to a loser player other than CS. flair checks out why you are so mad about
2018-10-02 21:15
#222
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Bulgaria zikinu 
We say one word to dumbasses like you: "k".
2018-10-02 21:17
K then gypsy poor shit twistz earned nothing other than chrisJ's AWP twistz=choke artist
2018-10-02 21:20
#193
2018-10-01 13:34
#146
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Brazil SecondKS 
0/8 no god no.. Mvp is a Better player of this tournament!
2018-10-01 06:40
And who says that? MVP means most valuable player,nobody said it has to be from the winning team.Twistzz wasfar ahaed of anyone else in mouz,not only in the final,but for the entire tournament.
2018-10-01 07:34
+1 like S1mple did Godlike vs Mouz in the Grand FInal of StarLadder and won the MVP. It's like it should be!
2018-10-01 07:41
#193
2018-10-01 13:33
Not really, MVP must be the best player of the tournament + this player must go deep in Finals / Play-offs. Twistzzz did it. Absolutely deserved by Twistzzzz.
2018-10-01 07:40
I think he have had the best perfomance indeed but how he became the "most valuable player" if he lost? The most valuable supposed to give to the player who make the best runner for the victory....
2018-10-01 13:33
He looks sad ;(
2018-10-01 03:46
You are the man, man (._.')
2018-10-01 03:47
#137
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United States sxg 
goodjob twistzz, love this player. Hope liquid kicks taco and NAF and lets nitro go back to rifle
2018-10-01 04:19
Liquid should kick the team and sign Imperial
2018-10-01 04:51
Yea and become a t5 team. Gtfo ur dumb. Change ur flag u give us non retarted USA members a bad name.
2018-10-01 21:38
All Americans are retarded shut your grandstanding fat ass up. Imperial won more tournaments this year than Liquid. If Imperial are tier 5, Liquid are tier 11
2018-10-01 21:40
good job hltv, twistzz the clear mvp. he was there on all five maps, and made it a very close serie. if naf had shown up, or nitro had not tilted so much, liquid could have won 3:0
2018-10-01 05:13
#145
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Brazil SecondKS 
This god twitzz is a NAF canadian!!
2018-10-01 06:38
Again a loser wins MVP. Chrisj should have won or someone Else from winning team. I hate this system
2018-10-01 06:41
I'm happy for this mvp, its like "congrats, too bad your team is trash but get this, take care"
2018-10-01 06:41
deserved tbh
2018-10-01 07:32
Congratz Twistzzz! You are the 2nd guy in the History after Mr.S1mple who won the MVP award despite you lost the Grand Final of the event! Twistzzz = mini-S1mple! The Canadian version!
2018-10-01 07:39
#164
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Tru, and that say that counter strike is a team play if you want to win, they just have to try Harder, they have the same mental problem agents Astralis where they have comback, mouse is at strong team, they have a lot af comback agents many teams.
2018-10-01 08:41
He is like the fifth lol
2018-10-01 13:05
Deserved 100%
2018-10-01 08:52
#168
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Germany QuaktheDuck 
deserved!!! NOT! *Borat face*
2018-10-01 09:21
#169
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Brazil ^7|1 
FeelsS1mpleMan
2018-10-01 09:21
Deserved
2018-10-01 10:02
NA hair
2018-10-01 10:28
#186
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Luxembourg alex24 
more like Koreea hair
2018-10-01 11:28
#182
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Kazakhstan dc7 
he has the shittest in game handle.... but the coolest irl name
2018-10-01 10:58
undeserved ChrisJ >>>>>> this fagot twist
2018-10-01 11:15
0/8 Twistzzzz was 3x better than ChrisJ. With all respect to Chris.
2018-10-01 14:35
#214
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Myanmar xdcc 
where are twistzz's 3x 2v5 aces?
2018-10-02 01:26
2 aces = good, but overall Twistzz' performance was 3x better dude. Just accept the fact pls. performance overall >>>>>>>>>>>> any highlights / aces.
2018-10-02 08:45
#219
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Myanmar xdcc 
winning game + highlights >>>>>>>>>> performance
2018-10-02 09:55
#187
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Bulgaria zikinu 
Fuck you Liquid, I hate seeing that guy sad. :(
2018-10-01 11:28
#190
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Korea ecsta_s1 
biggest superstar in the future
2018-10-01 12:17
#207
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Ukraine Dlinkeed 
Holy God his hair it's so good
2018-10-01 20:54
#208
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United States TriHardSeven 
Best player in NA currently, bright future ahead for him 100%.
2018-10-01 20:55
#216
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United States trumps_toad 
NAF has been bragging in every interview recently that he doesn't DM well maybe he fucking should
2018-10-02 02:50
I don't like NAF either. He is just childish trash talker. Good player tho, but not the best. While Twistzz is just silent killer and best player of Liquid in my opinion.
2018-10-02 08:46
God
2018-10-26 10:39
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